The most anticipated political showdown was that of incumbent U.S. Representative Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic challenger Rich Cowan. McMorris Rodgers is a four-time incumbent and Cowan was, until recently, the CEO of the Spokane-based production company, North by Northwest but stepped down when he decided to run for Congress. They're both running for Washington's Fifth Congressional District and Cowan said it's been a busy election season for him so far.
"I mean it's been incredible," said Cowan. "I've been up and down the whole district, and meeting so many great people. We have a wonderful district here, great people. This is about jobs. The average salary here is well below the national average. We've got to get that up and we've got to get more people working."
Representative McMorris Rodgers was originally scheduled to appear at the forum, however she did not attend. According to her Facebook she was in the Chewelah area attending a parade.